First Newcastle-Gateshead marathon hailed as a success as applications open for next year

Hundreds take part in The Newcastle Gateshead Marathon on Sunday 5th May 2024
Hundreds take part in The Newcastle Gateshead Marathon on Sunday 5th May 2024 -Credit:Craig Connor/ChronicleLive

The first Newcastle-Gateshead marathon has been hailed as a success - and entries are already open for next year's event.

Last weekend, 2,000 participants took part in the new event, which coincided with a 10k and the Gateshead Half Marathon which has proved a popular run since 2021. The longer challenge followed the same course and took runners past the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the Tyne Bridge and Swing Bridge as well as showcasing the town's landmarks of The Glasshouse and Baltic art gallery.

The marathon was hosted by running events company, RunThrough, with the company's Race Director, Chris Parr, hailing the event as a success.

He said: "We are thrilled with the turnout and enthusiasm we witnessed at the inaugural Newcastle-Gateshead Marathon. Partnering with Gateshead Harriers Athletics Club added a special significance to this event, and we are grateful for the support of the local community."

The event, presented by Nuun, was held in collaboration with Gateshead Harriers Athletics Club. The marathon's Charity of the Year Children North East.

And now applications are open to enter to take part in next year's event. More information and how to apply can be found via this link.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Gateshead Council, said "We were very pleased to host the Newcastle-Gateshead Marathon, and see so many runners on the roads, and family and friends supporting. It’s such a beautiful, scenic route and shows off Gateshead at its best. Congratulations to everyone who took part."

Councillor Alex Hay, Cabinet member for a Thriving City at Newcastle City Council, said: "Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the Newcastle-Gateshead Marathon. The atmosphere was amazing and the event created so many magical memories for the runners and spectators. As a city, we pride ourselves on hosting world-class sporting events and we can’t wait to welcome people back for next year's event."